Happy Thanksgiving from WeAllSew!

A big THANK-YOU!! from all of us at WeAllSew, and best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

For many of us, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of our “Oh, my! It’s almost [insert your favorite winter holiday]!” sewing frenzy. To assist with one lucky reader’s holiday preparations we’ve put together a small package of sewing goodies. To join in the fun and enter this random drawing, leave us a comment telling us about a useful piece of sewing advice. You have until Sunday night, November 30th at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to add your comment and enter the contest. We’ll announce the winner about a week later, right here within this post, so check back to find out who won. (We will notify the winner by e-mail.)

What piece of sewing advice are you most thankful for? 

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69 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving from WeAllSew!

  1. I am so thankful for my quilting friends who often reminded me I need to learn to enjoy the process. Their advic,e and practice on my part, has left me with a relaxed and enjoyable attitude – from beginning to end and all the stitches I remove in between 🙂

  2. “Keep your fingers away from the needle. You can sew your finger as well as the material.” This advice was given to me by my mother and sister. Yes, I have had a stitch in my finger just like they did.

  3. Forty eight years ago, my neighbor got me hooked on sewing. I learned her number one rule, “don’t ever start sewing until your iron is on and ready to go”. That made my little girls dresses go from the homemade look, to a very professional look with crisp seams. Now that I’m a quilter, it is more important than ever.

  4. If some of you remember that at the Post office or most business offices, they used a small sponge in a small bowl that was dampened… Well, I still use it to dampen my fingers when fitting fabric together tightly for sewing together. The dust from the fabric is so drying that is becomes difficult at times to push the fabric together so I just dampen my finger tips on the sponge to give them more traction. I call it spit and ewech.. No spit involved.. lol

  5. I always starch my quilting fabric pretty stiffly after I prewash it. Then I iron the starched fabric and cut it or run it through my diecutter.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  6. “As ye sew, so shall ye rip…” 🙂

    “Many admire the skills, but not all seek to obtain them…”

    Sewing, in all it’s various forms, has been such a blessing in my life…. it has spilled over, allowing me to share with family and friends and others.


    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  7. I think my favorite sewing hint was about folding in the seam allowances of a corner and turning it right side out. Makes some of the smoothest corners with the best points.

  8. My favorite tip of the moment is cutting the thread at the spool and pulling it through the needle instead of backwards. I’m sure it has saved me from getting a lot of lint in my tension discs!

  9. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You can always learn even if you don’t produce a finished product, you will use what you learned in another which you will finish & enjoy.

  10. My mother finally told me one day when I was stressing over a pattern, “There are no pattern police. So do it how it makes sense to you!” Best advice I ever got! She also gave me her “old” Bernina 1260 over 12 years ago when she updated to an Artista 200. The 1260 still sews like a champ!

  11. The best sewing advice I ever got was that there is no quilt police! It relieved stress and allowed me to enjoy my quilting more, knowing that “coloring outside of the lines” was ok.

  12. Always, always read through all the directions first before you do anything. And if you get interrupted while reading those directions, reread all of them again. So many mistakes can be prevented that way. Happy Thanksgiving everyone

  13. When you start a new sewing endeavor, like machine embroidery or quilting, master a few simple projects, then try more difficult things with the understanding that you don’t have to finish or keep anything you do. You don’t have to continue working on something you don’t like. Just toss it and move on. It’s fun to complete a complicated project, but nothing is ever more fun than doing something well even if it’s something simple.

  14. Use a dampened washcloth in a clothes dryer set on “tumble dry” to clean the dust, etc. off your wallhanging quilt instead of putting it in a wash which may shrink it or bleed the dyes.

  15. Share your talents and sew with your heart…
    Remember the look on the face of the one who receives your sewn item… that is the face of someone that now feels special…
    Even though she is no longer with you, thank your Mom or special person who took the time and patience to teach you to sew…
    When your wonderful son graduates from college and buys you a Bernina 830 to show his love and gratitude, remember first of all that your are blessed to have such a loving son; second that he is looking at your face and now he knows you feel special, third is that you always tell him the stories about his Grandmama and her patience and lastly, be ready to sew more Halloween costumes in a larger college grad size!

  16. Make time to sew daily, that is the best way to improve. Also, test seam styles, needle, thread, buttonholes and other techniques on scraps of fabric to ensure a better finished product.

  17. The best sewing advice I ever received is that it is OK to abandon a project that you keep having problems with. Some things are just not meant to be! Unless you really want to keep going, then by all means, persevere!!

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